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December 2010

Wall Street Journal (December 10)

Imaging gets an even closer look in upstate NY

An upstate New York university plans to dig deeper into the art and science of photography and motion pictures under an alliance with a museum icon across town.
The University of Rochester and the George Eastman House museum of film and photography said Friday their strengthened partnership will result in new research programs, academic conferences, and classes in science and arts exploring imaging in all of its realms. (Also reported in: New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, YNN, 10WHEC-TV, Chronicle of Higher Education,, Stamford Advocate,

woman wearing monitoring equipment on headNPR (December 20)

Video Games Boost Brain Power, Multitasking Skills

Daphne Bavelier is professor of brain and cognitive sciences at the University of Rochester. She studies young people playing action video games. Having now conducted more than 20 studies on the topic, Bavelier says, “It turns out that action video games are far from mindless.” (Also reported in: WGTV-TV Athens)

ABC News (December 14)

Nonsmoking Apartments Still Expose Kids to Smoke

“People need to be aware that the behavior of smokers in one apartment can affect the people living in other units,” lead researcher Dr. Karen Wilson, of the University of Rochester, New York, told Reuters Health. (Also reported in: MSNBC, Yahoo! News, National Ledger, Time, BBC, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, CBS News, U.S. News & World Report, Fox News, WebMD, and others)

Washington Post (December 6)

Doctor’s diagnosis drew laughs, but it saved woman’s life

As the all-too-familiar number flashed on his cellphone shortly before 9 p.m., Dan Landrigan reflexively braced himself for bad news. The caller was one of the doctors treating his wife, Donna, who had been in a coma for four months. “She sounded pretty choked up,” Landrigan recalled. “I think we’ve found out what’s making your wife sick,” the specialist at the University of Rochester’s Strong Memorial Hospital told him, as a wave of relief flooded his body.